HFSP funded Bioinformatics Postdoc Position in Deciphering Mechanosensing in Archaea

The Protein Bioinformatics group led by Vikram Alva at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology offers an HFSP funded Bioinformatics Postdoc Position in Deciphering Mechanosensing in Archaea (m/f/d, TV-L E13, 100%)



All cells employ intricate molecular machinery to respond to mechanical stimuli from their environment. While the molecular basis of mechanosensing in eukaryotes is vastly studied, how these molecular complexes emerged throughout prokaryotic evolution remains largely unexplored. In a cross-disciplinary project funded by an HFSP early-career grant, we are collaborating with Tanmay Bharat (University of Oxford and MRC-LMB, Cambridge) and Alex Bisson (Brandeis University) to explore the molecular basis of mechanosensing in archaea – our evolutionary sister – combining bioinformatics, cell biology, live-cell and single-molecule microscopy, and cryoelectron microscopy and tomography (cryo-EM/ET). The successful candidate will interact closely with our collaborators and contribute expertise in molecular evolution, comparative genomics, analysis of protein-structure-function relationships, and development of computational resources.


Your profile

  • Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics or related fields
  • Demonstrated expertise in the analysis of protein-structure-function relationships
  • Strong background in Linux, programming languages (such as Python), and HPC
  • Experience in comparative genomics of microbes or machine learning is a strong advantage


Our offer

  • The position is initially offered for three years
  • The position is available from January 2022 – earlier start dates can be discussed
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
  • Salary is per pay group E13 of the German collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD)


Your application

  • Please email (preferred) or snail mail your detailed CV, research statement as well as the names and email addresses of 2 academic referees to:
    Dr. Vikram Alva
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
    Max-Planck-Ring 5, 72076 Tübingen
    Webpage: people.tue.mpg.de/vikram
    Email: vikram.alva@tuebingen.mpg.de


The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity.

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